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(Some Sober Guy)   Remember how our forefathers and their forefathers used to drink beer instead of water? Water was often polluted? Well, they lied. They were just drunks   ( divider line
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2014-03-03 02:44:24 PM  
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yakmans_dad: Pond water. Thoreau loved it.

Either he was boiling it or his editor cut out the chapters about violent diarrhea.
2014-03-03 01:09:53 PM  
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Bent Nails: I was installing phone lines at the University of Charlottesville, VA. many years ago. This University was built under the Guidance of T.J., a president. The walls of those older buildings were so full of whiskey bottles we liked to never got the phone lines down the wall.

Id like the rest of this story and a tug off the bottle you're sipping on...
2014-03-03 12:46:35 PM  
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I'm pretty sure that by the time the industrial revolution came about, residents of urban centers could not safely drink water from the local cesspit/river.

As for the middle ages, it also depended on where you lived. Urban centers usually had at least one local waterway into which all garbage, dead carcasses, and assorted chamber pot residue would be dumped. In the the Time Traveller's Guide to Medeavel England this is referred to as sh*t brook.
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